CCCIE Joins National Convening at White House to Advance Best Practices on Immigrant Integration
July 31, 2014
The White House welcome was extended by Cecilia Muñoz and Felicia Escobar, both of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC), newly-confirmed USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, and Deputy Director of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, who reiterated his commitment to promoting integration through naturalization fee reduction — a longtime NPNA priority.
The morning plenary session included an overview of the current demographic profile of the immigrant community and a panel discussion exploring best practices in immigrant integration at the federal, state, and local levels and illustrating immigrants’ contributions to building dynamic communities with strong and growing economies.
The afternoon breakout sessions provided participants with the opportunity to dig deeper and learn more about immigrant integration initiatives and identify ways the federal government and local communities can work better together to advance a shared vision of strengthening communities for new Americans and all residents. CCCIE’s Executive Director Tere Wisell participated in a discussion that explored ways to expand educational opportunities for immigrants.
We’re happy to pass along several resources that were shared at this event:
- Strengthening Communities Through Immigrant and Refugee Integration blogpost
- Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: The Federal Role in Immigrant & Refugee Integration Fact Sheet
- U.S. Immigration Demographics and Immigrant Integration presentation by Audrey Singer of The Brookings Institution
Felicia Escobar, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, emphasized that this event “was but the first of many conversations we will have as we pursue a national integration policy. It is only through our collective effort that we build momentum around evidence-based policymaking and efficient funding of high-impact integration programs around the country.”
Going DEEP in Kentucky: Empowering Latino and Immigrant Student Success
October 18, 2013
Community college practitioners at the Kentucky DEEP conference facilitated workshops on promising practices related to the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, and student academic success and engagement. CCCIE Director Jill Casner-Lotto led a workshop discussion on Resources and Tools for High-Skilled Immigrants: ESL and Degree Validation and provided an overview of CCCIE’s work, highlighting the Consortium’s resources and tools to assist community colleges in promoting college success for Dreamers and DACA-mented students. Download CCCIE’s 10 Things College Educators Can Do and its report highlighting community college models of success. Other highlights of the conference:
- Erin Howard, Latino Outreach and Student Services Director at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, kicked off the conference, with an introduction on “Kentucky’s Latino and Immigrant Student Success Story: Data, Social Change & Student Empowerment”.
- Laura Bohorquez, UWD’s DEEP Coordinator and Gaby Baca, BCTC Latina Outreach and a representative of the Kentucky DREAM Coalition, presented on Perspectives on Dreamers and DACA-mented Students, including opportunities to support immigrant students through creation of DREAM friendly spaces, utilizing national and state resources to promote college access and success, and building relationships with local immigrant groups to promote student access and success.
- Noted Harvard sociologist Dr. Roberto Gonzales, presented (via Skype) on his 10 years of research on the educational experiences and outcomes of immigrant students and shared preliminary findings of the National UnDACAmented Youth Survey.
The conference concluded with each college identifying and sharing action steps they will take to improve their programs services. CCCIE looks forward to collaborating with UWD in organizing future DEEP conferences and working together to strengthen community-based resources and partnerships for improving educational access and success for all immigrant students regardless of status.
Going DEEP in Kentucky: Empowering Latino and Immigrant Student Success
October 18, 2013, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown, KY
The DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP), a project of United We Dream, is designed to address the barriers that undocumented immigrant youth face as they pursue higher education. DEEP builds strategically aligned collaborations between United We Dream affiliates, K-12 educators, community college and university representatives, and community-based organizations and leaders to create pipelines to higher education for undocumented youth.
CCCIE will be co-hosting this event which will explore: culturally responsive student success strategies, how to create DREAM friendly spaces, ways to use national and state resources to promote college access and success, and building relationships with local immigrant groups. Participants will be encouraged to identify action steps they can take to promote Latino and immigrant student success on their college campuses and in their communities. UWD is planning more DEEP conferences in Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey, and other states as well. For more information on how your community college can become involved, contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
White House Briefing
June 15, 2012
CCCIE and IMPRINT were among over 120 organizations invited to last week’s White House Immigration Community Leader Briefing. A highlight of the briefing was the Obama Administration’s decision to grant deferred action to young people brought to this country as children by their parents. This new policy will allow certain undocumented youth to seek temporary relief from deportation and apply for work permits In addition, a variety of immigrant integration issues were covered at the briefing and afternoon workshops including discussions about the important economic contributions of skilled immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs.
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, told those gathered: “It makes no sense to expend our enforcement resources on these young people who were not culpable for being brought to this country and who have grown up here…I’ve met some of these students-we want their brains and talents here.”
Pictured are Jill Casner-Lotto, Director of CCCIE, Paul Feltman of World Education Services, Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, and Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena of the Welcome Back Initiative.
Big Turnout for CCCIE/WES Credentialing Workshop for Immigrants at WCC
April 29, 2010
Over 200 attendees—including both Westchester Community College immigrant students and immigrant community members—participated in a recent Credentialing Evaluation Workshop, organized by World Evaluation Services, Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, and Westchester Community College. The event, “Making Your Foreign Education Count in the U.S.”, held April 29th 2010 at the WCC campus, helped immigrants learn about how they can get their foreign-earned credentials recognized by U.S. colleges, universities, and employers. “We find there is a tremendous need for this kind of service, and we intend to organize additional seminars at several community colleges in response,” notes Teresita Wisell, CCCIE Executive Director. Read more…
CCCIE and WES Sponsor Their First Joint Credentialing Workshop for Immigrants at NOVA
December 10, 2009
The free seminar that CCCIE sponsored in collaboration with World Evaluation Services and Northern Virginia Community College at NOVA’s campus on December 10th 2009 was a huge success—and is a model for future CCCIE-WES credentialing workshops at community college campuses. The event, reported in the Community College Times, attracted about 350 students and local residents who turned out to hear how they can apply their education and job experiences to find jobs in the U.S. Nearly a quarter of the residents in the greater Washington, D.C area were born in another country, with almost 40 percent of families speaking another language at home, said NVCC president Robert Templin.